Darby Orcutt

Science, Society, and the Strange - This NC State University gift fund supports research, teaching, and engagement on topics regarding science, society, and the anomalous, the paranormal, or the yet unexplained. From undiscovered species to potential abilities of the mind to unexplained phenomena, your gift enables scientific and intellectual examination of taboo and fringe topics that are of common public interest and curiosity, yet remain largely unexplored by scientists.

You may make a tax-deductible contribution to NC State University for that purpose here: (select "Science, Society, and the Strange")


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A first generation college graduate now on faculty at North Carolina State University, Darby Orcutt never stopped being curious about the world. A librarian, instructor, and researcher, his expertise at the intersection of science and culture is both intellectual and applied, as he teaches and writes about science and society while also building collaborative scientific teams to tackle complex problems and fostering conversation between researchers and the broader public.

Darby Orcutt is especially known for his work on science and the strange - that is, the paranormal, fringe science, edge science, or just “the weird.” His NC State course "Science, Psi, Sasquatch, and Spirits" examines how science actually works by looking at fields of scientific inquiry outside the mainstream. Orcutt has also built collaborations with top scientific researchers - in genetics, forensics, chemistry, anthropology, and more - to seriously assess the best potential physical evidence for Bigfoot. The first results will be coming in 2022. (Some of this work will be featured in the forthcoming documentary film Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science II.)

If you are interested in Darby Orcutt as a speaker for your event, email him at: dcorcutt@ncsu.edu He has been an invited speaker at venues ranging from Harvard University to the South Carolina Bigfoot Festival. Ask him about the big issues of science and culture. Ask him about ghost hunting or the mindreading project he briefly worked on for the U.S. government. Ask him about his fieldwork with amateur Bigfoot investigators or his experiences trapping and tattooing bears.

If you are interested in learning more about Darby Orcutt’s course, publications, the results of scientific studies, or podcasts, public talks, and other media appearances, please follow the public Facebook group, "Science, Psi, Sasquatch, and Spirits" at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/464884427320034

If you are interested in financially supporting research and teaching with regard to science, society, and the strange (including for DNA testing of possible Sasquatch samples), you may make a tax-deductible contribution to NC State University for that purpose here (select "Science, Society, and the Strange"): https://go.ncsu.edu/ges_donate [Note that many employers will MATCH your donation to NC State University! See the link on this page.]

If you are a research scientist interested in potentially collaborating, please email: dcorcutt@ncsu.edu

If you’re trying to contact Darby Orcutt about data science, AI, video games, librarianship, for publishing consultation, or any of his other “normal” work, please email him at dcorcutt@ncsu.edu or visit: https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/staff/dcorcutt

Faculty Affiliations:

Assistant Head, Collections & Research Strategy, NC State University Libraries

Faculty, University Honors Program, University College, NC State University

Faculty, Science, Technology & Society Program, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, NC State University

Organizing Faculty, AI in Society Group, NC State University

Affiliate Faculty, Genetic Engineering & Society Center, NC State University

Affiliate Faculty, Leadership in Public Science Cluster, NC State University

Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Practice, School of Information & Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill